The AR.IO Testnet
The ar.io testnet is underway! We invite all interested community members to operate a gateway with an observer and join them to the gateway registry so that we can test the benefits and features of networked ar.io gateways at scale. The first major goal of the testnet was the introduction of the Gateway Address Registry, the GAR, and now we’re testing the Observation Incentive Protocol.
The AR.IO Testnet aims to support the development of a robust, decentralized network of gateways that will serve as the backbone of the permaweb. By offering IO token incentives, we’re looking for passionate, committed, and capable operators who are willing to contribute to the long-term success of the network. Participants in the program will be empowered to operate a gateway in whatever way they see fit for their use-case as long as it complies with network standards and expected quality of service.
Set up your gateway and observer serviceStep 1
Head over to ar.io docs and learn how to get started with your gateway.Read Docs
Note that you will also need a DNS domain to assign to your gateway.
Create your walletsStep 2
You will need two (2) separate wallets for the testnet:Create Wallet
Wallet 1 - will be used for your gateway and incentive rewards. Note that this wallet will require a small amount of $AR for transaction fees.
Wallet 2 - should be considered a hot wallet and will be assigned to your observer. This wallet does not require $AR tokens.
Bring existing wallets or create a new ones using third-party services like ArConnect, arweave.app, or the ArDrive CLI.
Submit an applicationStep 3
New applications for ArNS names are currently closed. Be sure to join the AR.IO Discord to stay up to date on Testnet status and possible future availability prior to launch of the Mainnet.Join Discord